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“Kolya”, 6th Annual International Film Weekend

February 22 @ 7pm  “Koyla”

Carson City Community Center

Free

February 21 @ 7pm  “The Band’s Visit”

Feb 22 “Kolya” 7pm

Feb 23 @4pm  “Jean de Florette and 7pm “Manon of the Spring”

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Kolya
Kolya.jpg

Film poster
Directed by Jan Svěrák
Produced by Eric Abraham
Jan Svěrák
Written by Zdeněk Svěrák
Starring Zdeněk Svěrák
Andrey Khalimon (Andrej Chalimon)
Libuše Šafránková
Music by Ondřej Soukup
Bedřich Smetana
Cinematography Vladimír Smutný
Edited by Alois Fišárek
Production
company
Distributed by Space Films
Miramax
Release date
  • May 1996 (Cannes)
  • 15 May 1996 (Czech Republic)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Czech Republic
Language Czech, Slovak and Russian
Budget CZK 28 millions[1]
(app. $1 million)
Box office $7.7 million[2]

Kolya (Czech: Kolja) is a 1996 Czech drama film about a man whose life is reshaped in an unexpected way. The film was directed by Jan Svěrák and stars his father, Zdeněk Svěrák, who also wrote the script from a story by Pavel Taussig.[3] Kolya earned critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4]

Plot

The film begins in 1988 as the Soviet bloc is beginning to disintegrate. František Louka, a middle-aged Czech man dedicated to bachelorhood and the pursuit of women, is a concert cellist struggling to eke out a living by playing funerals at the Prague crematorium. He has lost his previous job at the Czech Philharmonic, having been half-accidentally blacklisted as “politically unreliable” by the authorities. A friend offers him a chance to earn a great deal of money through a sham marriage to a Soviet woman to enable her to stay in Czechoslovakia. The woman then uses her new citizenship to emigrate to West Germany, where her boyfriend lives.

Due to a concurrence of circumstances, she has to leave behind her 5-year-old son, Kolya, for the disgruntled Czech musician to look after. At first Louka and Kolya have communication difficulties, as they don’t speak each other’s languages and the many false friend words that exist in Czech and Russian add to the confusion. Gradually, though, a bond forms between Louka and Kolya. The child suffers from suspected meningitis and has to be placed on a course of carefully monitored antibiotics. Louka is threatened with imprisonment for his suspect marriage and the child may be placed in a Soviet children’s home. The Velvet Revolution intervenes though, and Kolya is reunited with his mother. Louka and Kolya say their goodbyes.

Bachelor Louka ends up fathering a child with his girlfriend – perhaps a replacement for lost Kolya – and regains his position as a virtuoso with the philharmonic orchestra.

Principal cast

Role Actor
Kolya Andrey Khalimon
Louka Zdeněk Svěrák
Klára Libuše Šafránková
Mr. Brož Ondřej Vetchý
Louka’s mother Stella Zázvorková
Tamara Lillian Malkina
Kolya’s mother Irina Bezrukova

This special weekend consists of free afternoon and evening film viewings followed by informal discussion. Afternoon showings will spotlight the independently made films selected by the International Film Weekend Committee, while evening viewings will consist of award-winning commercially produced international films. Submitted films may be produced by students or independent filmmakers in the United States or abroad. Selection criteria include awareness, diversity, understanding and craft. Email friendsinfo@friendscclibrary.org with questions.

The independent film competition submission guidelines are included on the 2019 entry form, including the deadline of January 11, 2019. Contest winners will be shown as part of the Carson City International Film Weekend. This special weekend consists of free afternoon and evening film viewings followed by informal discussion. Afternoon showings will spotlight the independently made films selected by the International Film Weekend Committee, while evening viewings will consist of award-winning commercially produced international films. Submitted films may be produced by students or independent filmmakers in the United States or abroad. Selection criteria include awareness, diversity, understanding and craft. Email friendsinfo@friendscclibrary.org with questions.